Malaysia to get another F1 circuit

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johor race trackMalaysia will see another Formula One race circuit by 2016 in Iskandar, Johor following the developer’s decision to upgrade the existing track to F1 Test-grade quality. The Straits Times reported that FASTrack Autosports – a joint venture between Singapore tycoon Peter Lim and the Johor royal family – has decided to upgrade after it found out that the cost was only 10 per cent more.

Costs are just under $100 million, and the upgrade is part of a $1.4 billion motorsports hub project by FASTrack and UEM Land of Malaysia.

FASTrack chief executive Barry Kan said the circuit would have all the technical requirements needed for Formula One races, when asked if the race circuit would compete with tracks in Sepang and Singapore as a venue for F1 races in the future.

“F1 teams can test their cars here, but whether a circuit is an F1 track depends on one man,” the daily quoted him as saying, referring to Formula One owner Bernie Ecclestone.

“It’ll be faster than Sepang, Monza and Singapore,” he added.

The 4.5 kilometer circuit will be fitted with gentler gradients, wider run-off areas, stronger barriers and a longer straight stretch over 1 kilometer which will allow cars to go faster than 300 km/h.

The circuit, part of the Motorsports City project, is designed by famed racetrack designer from Germany, Hermann Tilke, and will also be able to host superbike events with its two paddocks. In addition, there will be an off-road circuit for sports utility vehicles, two go-kart circuits and a “bonded area” which is actually a tax-free zone for collectors to keep their cars.

However, deputy chairman of Grand Prix organiser Singapore GP Colin Syn pointed out that the Johor circuit will only be considered for F1 races if Singapore and Sepang circuits do not renew their contracts. Sepang’s contract ends in 2015 while Singapore’s street circuit contract ends in 2017.

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Malaysia will see another Formula One race circuit by 2016 in Iskandar, Johor following the developer’s decision to upgrade the existing track to F1 Test-grade quality. The Straits Times reported that FASTrack Autosports – a joint venture between Singapore tycoon Peter Lim and the Johor royal family – has decided to upgrade after it found out that the cost was only 10 per cent more.

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johor race trackMalaysia will see another Formula One race circuit by 2016 in Iskandar, Johor following the developer’s decision to upgrade the existing track to F1 Test-grade quality. The Straits Times reported that FASTrack Autosports – a joint venture between Singapore tycoon Peter Lim and the Johor royal family – has decided to upgrade after it found out that the cost was only 10 per cent more.

Costs are just under $100 million, and the upgrade is part of a $1.4 billion motorsports hub project by FASTrack and UEM Land of Malaysia.

FASTrack chief executive Barry Kan said the circuit would have all the technical requirements needed for Formula One races, when asked if the race circuit would compete with tracks in Sepang and Singapore as a venue for F1 races in the future.

“F1 teams can test their cars here, but whether a circuit is an F1 track depends on one man,” the daily quoted him as saying, referring to Formula One owner Bernie Ecclestone.

“It’ll be faster than Sepang, Monza and Singapore,” he added.

The 4.5 kilometer circuit will be fitted with gentler gradients, wider run-off areas, stronger barriers and a longer straight stretch over 1 kilometer which will allow cars to go faster than 300 km/h.

The circuit, part of the Motorsports City project, is designed by famed racetrack designer from Germany, Hermann Tilke, and will also be able to host superbike events with its two paddocks. In addition, there will be an off-road circuit for sports utility vehicles, two go-kart circuits and a “bonded area” which is actually a tax-free zone for collectors to keep their cars.

However, deputy chairman of Grand Prix organiser Singapore GP Colin Syn pointed out that the Johor circuit will only be considered for F1 races if Singapore and Sepang circuits do not renew their contracts. Sepang’s contract ends in 2015 while Singapore’s street circuit contract ends in 2017.

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